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Over Fonda Vela Hotel
Natuur is waar het hier om gaat. Het hotel is gelegen in het regenwoud, waar het verfrissende klimaat ervoor zorgt dat men het er "eeuwig lente" noemt. Het hotel is gebouwd met de natuur in het achterhoofd. Zo laten de grote ramen in de kamers de natuur naar binnen komen en zorgt de 1400 m hoogte voor een prachtig uitzicht. In de omgeving zijn natuurpaden te vinden waar je mooie vogels tegen kunt komen en het beroemde Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve ligt op 2 kilometer afstand.
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Televisie, telefoon, minibar, koffiezetfaciliteiten en badkamer met bad.
De accommodatie is gelegen op een heuvel in een groene omgeving en het centrum van het Monteverde Cloud Forest bevindt zich op circa twee kilometer afstand.
• 2 Restaurants
• 2 Jacuzzi's
• Diverse tours
Een bezoek aan het Monteverde Nevelwoud is als een sprookje. Het bos wordt dan ook wel ‘het sprookjesbos van Costa Rica’ genoemd. De geheimzinnige mist die altijd in dit woud hangt, zorgt voor een mysterieuze sfeer.
"lovely hotel with fantastic views"
Stayed here for 2 nights. We had 2 enormous rooms so could really spread out. Great views - the hotel is very high up. It is rather dated but we didn't mind - it had character! Although plug sockets could be replaced as hanging off walls..... I have to mention the superb restaurant - really quaint with a big fireplace. We had fantastic food - one of our top meals in Costa Rica - and we stayed in 5 different places. If you stay at this hotel, don't miss out on dinner. My kids really enjoyed the pool area and Jacuzzis. Overall a very enjoyable stay.
"Nice hotel but short on amenities "
Rooms are clean and spacious but slightly dated, particularly the bathrooms. There is no air conditioning but it was not needed. Grounds and pool are nice, but pool towels are pretty worn. The food at the free breakfast buffet was tasty, particularly the omelette station, but had to wait for many of the items to be refilled (1 day we waited more than 5 minutes for both the coffee and orange juice to be refilled). Good basic hotel but don't expect any amenities such as wifi in the rooms. However, it seems that most hotels in Monteverde don't provide many amenities.
"Quirky, but very good"
This must be one of the oddest hotels I've stayed in. Located about 1.5km from the Monteverde NP entrance, so you need a car, or you'll be getting taxis all the time into Santa Elena and MV. Check in and check out were faultless, and the staff friendly and helpful. We had 2 absolutely enormous rooms, overlooking the grounds (41 and 42). The beds were monsters, huge picture windows, good fly screens, wood floors, ceilings and furniture. The room was very clean, but smelt very, very musty. The breakfast buffet was fine, without being great. They routinely ran out of coffee, but it got re-filled. We didn't eat dinner in the restaurant, but it looked very nice, and by Costa Rican standards, sanely priced. The pool and jacuzzi spa baths were heavenly. The pool is covered, and chilly to get into, but the 2 spa baths are toasty warm! The grounds of the hotel were reminiscent of an English stately home, with an eclectic range of fountains, paths, sculptures and unusual details, which were at odds with the buildings, which were at odds with the rooms. Wifi was in reception only for me, though some people got it to work in the restaurant. Very quirky, but we enjoyed our stay, and absolutely loved having rooms with enough space to play cards and chat as a family.
"The Fawlty Towers of Monteverde"
This hotel ought to be really good as it is in a superb location but sadly it is very run down and in need of major investment to make it modern and worthy of the price. Our room was 'interesting'. It has a small garden actually inside the room (complete with funnel type spider web in the corner of the garden) which was unusual to say the least. To say the decor is dated is an understatement. It is 1970s at best. Some of the electrical sockets in the room were of a type unknown to modern appliances and had never-before-seen adaptors. The socket by my bed was hanging out the wall and produced audible crackles when the plug was touched; clearly dangerous. The lino on the floor has succumbed to the damp (ok, it is a hotel in a cloud forest). We never got the TV to work and couldn't be bothered to ask reception. We heard a guy tell the receptionist that his room key wouldn't open his room. She replied with a smile adding "Oh I think it will" in best Basil style. We had to ask for a full compliment of towels (1 each) and pillows. No a/c but louvered windows. Lots of windows in fact and ours looked straight into the next room. Poor drainage around the rooms so the rain storms made it interesting. There is no noise insulation so it sounded like there was a football riot in the room above (it was just a family with young kids). The hotel suggests you might see animals in the vast grounds. You won't. We saw one agouti, a gardener tackling a big green snake with his rake (snake got away) and a dead tarantula on the driveway. The hotel says it has stables but it does not. There is a shed with some cows but you won't want to venture down there. Pool is cold, but the two jacuzzis were great, really hot. Shame the pool roof has partially blown away so the rain comes in on you as you sit in the jacuzzi. Breakfast was mediocre; included in room price. WiFi in reception and restaurant. Not in your room. Staff were mostly very friendly and helpful. I felt a bit sorry for them. Roads to Monteverde are stoney tracks, and fair enough it is a mountain after all. There is some tarmac when you're up there. Monteverde itself is a tourist trap. You will see walkers but not much wildlife; go to La Fortuna instead. Monteverde best avoided altogether.
The Hotel rooms were spacious and awesome. Breakfast was excellent as well. It's close to Montaverde Reserve. There were bugs in and around the rooms but this is expected for the location of the hotel. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
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Tel. 020 - 398 93 98
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